Hygienist in Drighlington

Your local hygienist’s key aim is to prevent and treat gum disease, which is now one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults. By including regular professional teeth cleaning in your oral routine, you can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

We will be happy to discuss your needs in our comfortable, well-equipped clinic. 

Visit our  Guided Biofilm Therapy accredited hygienist.

At Whitehall Dental Care we aim to help you achieve a healthy smile. We are proudly an accredited Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) provider. 

GBT is a minimally invasive hygiene procedure, which is a solution for dental biofilm management. Biofilm (also referred to as plaque) is the main factor for caries, periodontal and peri-implant infections.

Regular oral hygiene, combined with professional treatment from your Whitehall Dental Care hygienist, keeps biofilm under control – for a better oral and systemic health.

What Is A Hygienist

What is a dental hygienist?

Dental therapists and hygienists are specially trained to work as part of the dental team, to give care to patients.

They play an important part in dental health care and are mainly concerned with preventive dental health and treating gum disease – showing you correct home care and helping to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

What can I do to help the hygienist? The hygienist’s main work is to prevent and treat gum disease. This includes professionally cleaning your teeth by removing plaque and tartar (usually called a ‘scale and polish’ or a prophylaxis). However, perhaps their most important role is showing you the best way to keep your teeth free of plaque. Plaque is a sticky coating that forms constantly on your teeth. Hygienists also give advice about diet and about preventing tooth decay. The hygienist will work with your dental team to give you care that is tailored to your needs.

What Does a Dental Hygienist Do?

Our Dental Hygienist has four main roles:

  • Removing calculus (tartar) from teeth – this is done by a technique called scaling and polishing
  • Cosmetic stain removal- staining from everyday food and drink can cause superficial staining on teeth which our hygienists can easily remove either by polishing or using our “airflow” system
  • Treating gum disease (also known as ‘gingivitis’ or ‘periodontal disease’) – this is caused by plaque which is a sticky film of bacteria. If left untreated, your gums will start to swell and bleed and can ultimately result in tooth loss
  • Teaching patients good oral hygiene techniques – individually tailored to specific needs

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Why is maintaining good dental hygiene so important?

Good dental hygiene is important not only for your mouth and smile but for your overall health. Poor dental hygiene is linked to an increased risk of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.

Women who are pregnant and don’t maintain proper oral hygiene are also at a higher risk for giving birth prematurely or having their babies born underweight.

What can I do to support good dental hygiene at home?

While regular visits to your dental hygienist are important, good dental hygiene begins at home.

Brushing and flossing at least twice a day is a great start, and you may need additional steps depending on your age and health history. We can help you find the best oral hygiene routine for your health and your smile.

Our Plans & Fees

View our dental care plans and fees to learn more about our Drighlington practice.

Our Treatments

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Next steps

Are you ready to start your dental journey?

If you want start your dental journey with Whitehall Dental Care, please get in touch.

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